Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau Theatre will host a special screening of New Mexico-made film shorts on Thursday, Feb. 11. “Danger: A Short Night” will start at 8pm. Anchoring the lineup is “Danger,” a short film written and directed by Andres Segura and starring local actors Sarah Minnich, Brytnee Ratledge and Matt Peterson. The film follows a down-and-out artist who tries to rid himself of his ex-girlfriend’s pet fish in the wake of a particularly nasty break up. Also screening that night will be John M. Broadhead’s “Those That Play Your Clowns,” Joshua Sallach’s “Larson’s Field,” Scott Hovlik’s “Thicker Than Water” and Mauricio Valdez’ “Sense.” Following the screening there will be an after party hosted by Cowgirl featuring free appetizers and happy hour drink specials. Tickets are $5 and are available for sale, in advance, at jeancocteaucinema.com. The Jean Cocteau is located at 418 Montezuma.
DocuMentors will be conducting “How to Sell Your Film: A Comprehensive Film Distribution Workshop” on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Hotel Santa Fe’s Kiva Room C (1501 Paseo de Peralta). Heading the workshop are Anna Darrah (an experienced film buyer who has negotiated with and licensed over 800 films in her 12 years working with Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle) and Jilann Spitzmiller (cofounder of DocuMentors and an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been broadcast around the globe on BBC, NBC, Sundance Channel, PBS and Discovery Networks). From 9am to 5pm, participants will get a crash course on how to identify your audience, what platforms of distribution you should be aiming for, how to land digital platforms, selling and pitching at markets and forums, negotiating contracts, broadcast sales, corporate grants, DIY educational distribution and plenty more. This one-day workshop will set you back $235. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible. For more info go to howtomake-a-documentary.com/distribution-workshop or call (213) 595-0533.
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The New Mexico Post Alliance, a collection of post-production specialists (editors, sound mixers, color correctors, special effects technicians) based here in the Land of Enchantment, is hosting a post-production workshop in conjunction with UNM Continuing Education. “Sound From Set to Post” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 3pm. Darryl L. Frank of D3 Productions will “demonstrate his award-winning techniques, methods and equipment for recording and mixing sound on a movie set.” Topics such as mic placement, mic types and recording/mixing gear will be discussed. There will also be tips on sweetening audio files in postproduction. Frank has been in the film and television industry since 1983. He worked on shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Cosmos” and films such as Terminator Salvation. He served as a camera operator on “Temptation Island” and did sound mixing on the Comanche Moon miniseries, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2012 he won the TEC Award for Best Television Sound—so it seems like the guy knows his stuff. The workshop costs a mere $32 and will take place in room 219 at the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education campus, South Building (1634 University NE). For more info go to nmpost.org.